about how COVID-19 is affecting our people, our programs, our methods of delivering essential services like food and shelter,
and how you can help us
continue to serve our Guests.

Our Greatest Challenge

Our greatest challenge is to keep our shelter, food pantry and soup kitchen open. This is a weekly challenge and discussion. It requires strict protocols and revisiting them often. We feel the weight and responsibility to keep going because we have hundreds, thousands of Guests relying on us for food, shelter and to know someone cares.

We have 10% of our staff in quarantine on any given week because of testing positive for COVID, falling ill with other viruses, or having been exposed to somebody with COVID.   Even though our management team has created a deep bench to ensure that we have the staff to keep going, some weeks, we wonder how we will do it.  And when our options seem exhausted, God shows up in the form of strength, calm, creativity and a staff member who can come in to cover a shift, and we all let out a sigh of relief.

The Vaccine

Two weeks ago, about 30 of our staff received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine. We are indebted to the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center for the chance to learn about, ask questions and then receive the vaccine. This group will receive the second dose on February 12th while other staff and Guests will receive their first.

This is exciting and important because as more of us get vaccinated, the real possibility of having to shut down vital programs will be alleviated.

Silver Linings

Our shelter is now operating at full capacity, offering warmth, safety, support and love to five moms and their children - including FOUR tiny babies! 

I am thrilled to report that our Project Bethlehem Christmas gift program (for families struggling economically) provided gifts for 593 families this year! Even COVID could not keep the Lazarus House Community from helping families celebrate the joy of Christmas! Many thanks to our 470 donor families who stepped up and made this joy possible.

Started this January, Lazarus House leaders began a five-month strategic planning process (provided by a generous grant from the Highland Street Foundation). We will dig deep to determine what more and what else we can do to offer urgent and lasting help the people of Lawrence. We are excited to consider what it is that God is calling us to do.
I ask you to pray for the Lazarus House leaders and staff as they struggle to stay healthy and keep our vital ministries open. Pray for the vulnerable everywhere who suffer physically, emotionally, or economically during this enduring COVID crisis. Thank you.

May God bless and keep you,
Reverend Jeff Hassel, Executive Director


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the Lawrence Community, and our staff

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LAZARUS HOUSE – A Beacon of Hope in the darkness of poverty and homelessness.
In this era of COVID-19, Lazarus House continues its mission to help women, men, and children living in poverty restore their dignity and self-respect. We are concentrating our efforts to meet the basic needs of food and shelter for the people of Lawrence.

Thank YOU for your Profound Partnership